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Caroline's experience as a nervous patient

Caroline is a nervous patient and has never liked going to the dentist. After a Dental Health Check the digital X-rays showed Caroline needed two fillings. She was very nervous and concerned with major changes or visible treatment as she works in a client facing industry.

What we did

Caroline was booked in for her treatment and relaxed by her dentist. As Caroline was a nervous patient, the team ensured she was welcomed and made to feel at ease as soon as she entered the clinic. The dentist then personally collected Caroline from the lounge and before starting any treatment spoke with Caroline, reassuring her about the procedure.

Outcome

60 minutes later Caroline’s fillings were completed with no pain or discomfort, meaning her oral health is now under control and more complex future problems have been prevented. Caroline is rebooked for her next Dental Health Check and has taken another step towards getting over her fear of the dentist.

What did Caroline say?

"After having my first checkup in 3 years I was told I need a couple of fillings. I’m a nervous patient. Never liked going to the dentist and that idea seemed to get worse as I got older. My dentist, recommended it after having performed x-rays and my checkup. My experience was actually brilliant - really, really good, I felt at ease and had no pain afterwards. My dentist was brilliant, she told me everything that was happening and why and she calmed me down. Lovely dentist and I now have new fillings. I would definitely recommend envisage, no problem at all."

How to get over your fear of the dentist

We understand not everyone feels comfortable with visiting the dentist and it can be a nervous time when treatment needs to be performed. We are a caring and approachable team that will do everything we can to make you feel calm, relaxed and in control. If you are a nervous patient let the team know; we can assist in numerous ways and even offer conscious sedation for those who don’t feel they can overcome their fear.

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Dental Anxiety Advice

Many people feel anxious about visiting the dentist – and some avoid visiting altogether. Our friendly and caring team have extensive experience in calming nerves and phobias. By combining our skill with the very latest modern techniques, we guarantee that you will have a positive and pain free experience from start to finish.

It is natural to be anxious when undergoing any major treatment. Having trust and confidence in your dental practice and your dentist combined with knowledge of your options helps a great deal. Research also shows many patients don’t like the smell, the sounds and the memories of a dentist from childhood – although private dentistry has now moved on dramatically since then. Don’t worry, we can still help you gain your smile!

Some of the top dental anxiety techniques and methods for coping with dental anxiety and dental phobia include:

  • Meditation: A relaxation of mind and body musculature.
  • Audio distraction: For many, wearing headphones can help to block out much of the dental noises that increase their anxiety.
  • Visual distraction: Watching television or a movie to take your mind off things.
  • Be prepared: Asking your dentist in advance what you can expect during your visit and how the procedures are handled.
  • Relaxation techniques: The key here is to place focus on your body parts, relaxing them one at a time.
  • Take a mini vacation in your mind: To help ease your nerves imagine yourself in a relaxing and enjoyable setting.
  • Breathing exercises: Deep breathing can be a great technique to relax your mind and body with slow deep breaths allowing oxygen to flow easily.
  • Take breaks: During dental procedures, when anxiety builds up, just ask your dentist to take a break who will gladly stop to give you the time.

We have a focus on treating nervous patients and the key to overcoming and coping your dental fear is to remember that you are not alone. If you choose the right dentist and dental team, we will be with you every step of the way, from the moment we meet you until after the treatment is done.

IV Sedation

The aim of sedation is to make nervous dental patients feel comfortable, totally relaxed and safe during a dental procedure. Administration of the sedatives and analgesia results in you becoming drowsy and sleepy, pain free, and probably amnesic such that you will have very little recollection of the dentistry being carried out. Communication is possible if necessary during the visit because even though you are completely relaxed and unconcerned, you are not completely unconscious at any point in time.

Patients remain aware of their surroundings but are less responsive to external stimuli like the sound of the drill or the smell of materials. You are monitored throughout the procedure by a qualified professional to ensure your safety, and a seditionist will stay with you all the time.

Recovery after sedation is much faster than with general anaesthesia. For these reasons patient satisfaction is very high after conscious sedation - a recent survey of the experiences and satisfaction of patients who had sedation show that 99.5% of patients would take sedation again if they have a choice.

Doctors weigh a number of factors carefully to assess which drug will be the safest choice in a unique situation for a particular individual. Sedatives are given to patients in a variety of ways such as by mouth, under the tongue, inhaled through the nose or intravenously (through the veins).

Nervous Patients

One of our patients didn't go to a dentist for ten years due to his dental phobia but after seeing one of our dentists, who treated him the way we treat all our clients, he finally got over the fear of dentistry.

Be assured that you are far from alone and we have treated hundreds of people in your situation and they keep coming back! We recognise that dental phobia can be a real issue which affects your oral health over the long term. One visit to envisage dental and we promise to help you overcome the fear of the dentist. Before you even sit in the chair we discuss any anxieties you may have and take these on board when treating you – we want you to be in control.

We will offer painless dentistry with early intervention to help prevent irreversible gum disease, painful dental abscesses or extensive dental treatment. Why not pop in for a tea or coffee to meet our team and decide yourself!

Pain Free Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry is an ideal solution for those who suffer from dental phobia. It is used by dentists to perform dental surgery on patients in a stress-free way and enables many patients to overcome their fear of the dentist. It really is important to be aware of sedation dentistry if you suffer from dental phobia, because neglecting your teeth by not visiting the dentist can mean harmful lasting effects to your oral health, and will often result in severe last minute surgery which can be expensive and potentially painful.

Many kinds of dental treatments can use sedation dentistry, allowing patients with different types of dental phobia to relax and not have to suffer the usual apprehension which they experience when visiting the dentist. Choosing the right sedation dentist for you is an important task, especially as dentist training does not cover sedation dentistry in great detail. Ask your dentist about their experience in the sedation dentistry and how many times they have performed the procedure. Do not be afraid to ask hard, detailed questions to your dentist, ask exactly how you will be sedated and how you will be monitored whilst you are sedated. Also, remember to ask your dentist how you should prepare for your treatment, and instructions on what to do after your treatment.

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